The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced that the new alignment of Wyoming Mill Road at its intersection with Hazlettville Road in west Dover, has opened.
The road segment was opened to traffic and a new four-way, signalized intersection placed into service.
The location, west of the previous intersection, improves traffic and safety conditions in the area. The previous alignment brought northbound traffic Wyoming Mill Road to a dead-end where it intersected with Hazlettville Road. A stop sign controlled vehicles exiting Wyoming Mill Road, and long backups occurred during peak morning and afternoon traffic periods. Placement of a signal was prevented by the close proximity of another traffic signal just a few hundred feet away.
The new alignment moves Wyoming Mill Road west of its previous terminus, and aligns it with the entrance to a development. A four-way intersection has been created, and a full traffic signal has been installed.
The $3.9-million project began with a federal earmark for design and construction, designated by Senator Tom Carper, to the City of Dover. DelDOT was asked to take over the project, and combined the balance of the earmarked funds with $2,250,000 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, in order to move the project forward in a timely manner. Construction began in March 2011.
DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt said of the project, “This is an excellent example of different levels of government coming together for the public’s benefit. The federal funding, combined with the cooperative efforts of the City of Dover and DelDOT, have resulted in a much-needed road realignment that reduces commuter frustration while creating a safer intersection. I congratulate my DelDOT colleagues who worked to bring the project to conclusion.”